8 Day Sail and Bike North of the Netherlands and Wadden Sea island hopping

Start Point

Embark the boat in Enkhuizen

End Point

Disembark in Enkhuizen

Days

8 days & 7 nights

Price Per Person

EUR 0.00 Twin/EUR 0.00 Single

Tour Description

NOTE : DUE TO CORONA ALL SAIL & BIKE TOURS ARE CURRENTLY ON REQUEST PLEASE FOR MORE INFORMATIONS OR DEPARTURES PLEASE  CONTACT US ON CONCIERGE@ABOVE-5.COM OR CONCIERGE@ABOVE5STARS.COM

Sail and bike tours are something very special. Feel the freedom, the wind and salt on your skin! It’s a little bit like discovering the seas and new areas as a modern-day explorer. Aboard one of the most comfortable sailing ships, the Mare fan Fryslân, the Wapen fan Fryslân, and the Leafde fan Fryslân, you will experience pure nature while enjoying water, sun and a stiff breeze on the big inland lake IJsselmeer and the so-called “Wadden Sea”, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage biosphere reserve. During this Sail & Bike tour you can explore the beautiful and unique Frisian Sea and some of its islands. It is a world with two faces, where sand and water dominate during the changeover from low to high tide and where islands of all sizes line up like pearls on a chain. There are tidal channels, seagrass meadows, mussel beds, sandbanks, mudflats, salt marshes, beaches and dunes.

 

The Frisian Sea is the habitat of marine mammals, such as seals and porpoises, and the breeding ground and wintering area for millions of birds. The area is one of the last remaining large-scale, low-tide ecosystems where natural processes continue to function. Furthermore you will visit the famous (freshwater lake) IJsselmeer and its beautiful coastline with many fishing villages and old trading harbor towns. Highlights of the tour are the North Sea islands of Texel and Terschelling and their beautiful natural areas, small villages and long sandy beaches that you can explore by bicycle. Highlights on the coasts of the mainland in the provinces of North-Holland and Friesland are a combination of rural areas, small villages and picturesque harbor towns: a true “El Dorado” for cyclists. If you like, on board, you may – instructed by the experienced crew – lend a hand during navigating and raising the sails. Sailing experience is not necessary. But of course you are also very welcome to just relax and enjoy the sailing and scenery. Since the ships are very large (up to 55 meters/60 yards) and very stable, there is almost no risk of seasickness. If you still would like to take precautions, we advise regular seasickness medication.

Highlights of this tour

Discover the Wadden Sea by bike & ship

Pretty harbor towns Enkhuizen & Stavoren

Texel & Terschelling islands bike trips

Sailing ship with max. 26 passengers

Private arrangement free to explore and enjoy after you be briefed

Difficulty level 1 , easy to bike around flat terrain

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Day 1 (Sat): Enkhuizen

Place visiting
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 2 p.m , welcomes drink with briefing on what to expect and the routing
Today's Highlights

Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 2 p.m. near the beautiful center of Enkhuizen and close to the railway station. After unpacking your luggage the skipper will join you for an aperitif before giving you a rundown of what to expect on the journey, details about the ship and also about safety measures to be taken on board. In the evening take a stroll through the historical center of Enkhuizen, a quaint town that was the home of the Dutch merchant fleet during the Golden Age of The Netherlands.

Enjoy your first night on board in Enkhuizen on the western bank of the lake IJsselmeer.

Description

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Day 2 (Sun): Enkhuizen – Medemblik | sailing Medemblik – Den Oever – Texel

Place visiting
sailing Medemblik – Den Oever – Texel (24 km/14 mi or 37 km/22 mi.)
Today's Highlights

Today you can cycle the first leg of the trip along the IJsselmeer coast through the beautiful polder landscape to Medemblik.  After the cycling tour the ship will sail further to Den Oever.

Depending on the weather in the evening the ship will take the lock and sail across the Wadden Sea (part of the North Sea) to the island of Texel.

Description

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Day 3 (Mon): Texel, roundtrip from/to Oudeschild

Place visiting
Distance for today (40 km/24 mi. or 46 km/28 mi.)
Today's Highlights

The island of Texel is a cyclist’s dream destination with its varied scenery, well signposted cycle tracks and picturesque villages.

Our suggestion is to complete a round trip cycling tour of the largest of the Dutch North Sea islands on the easy-to-follow Thijsse-route (40 km/24 mi.) that takes you via a number of villages, the seal sanctuary station “Ecomare” and a traditional beer brewery near the harbor of Oudeschild.

Description

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Day 4 (Tue): Texel – Terschelling

Place visiting
Today your are sailing for (sailing about 5 – 6 hrs.) , Explore and enjoy a local dinner
Today's Highlights

Today you will enjoy sailing on your ship, when the tide and the weather are right, to the island of Terschelling.

As you sail your way through the sandbanks of the Wadden Sea, keep a lookout for seals on the sandbars.

In the afternoon the ship will arrive on Terschelling island, which features a number of picturesque villages situated between the polder and sand dunes along its 30 km expanse.

While sailing you will enjoy an extensive lunch on board.

No dinner will be served tonight, to enable you to explore the island, but you can make yourself a picnic meal or try one of the nice restaurants at Terschelling (not incl.).

Description

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Day 5 (Wed): Terschelling roundtrip

Place visiting
Terschelling roundtrip | sailing Terschelling – Harlingen (cycling distance of your choice)
Today's Highlights

While the previous day was all about sailing, today is all about cycling. Terschelling has plenty to offer cycle tourists: nature and culture, 70 km of cycling tracks and 4 beautiful villages.

West Terschelling is the largest village on the island and features a number of nice shops and pubs.

The standout landmark on the island is the 400 year-old lighthouse “Brandaris” that can be seen from well off in the distance.

Also worth visiting is the heath land of “Boschplaat” which will captivate you with its mud, beaches and dunes.

You might even spot ducks, black-winged stilts, large colonies of spoonbills and great black-backed gulls.

After a day of cycling, you can relax in comfort once you have arrived on board. In the late afternoon the ship will cross the Wadden Sea sail to Harlingen, the most important harbor city of the province of Friesland.

Description

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Day 6 (Thu) Harlingen – Franeker – Makkum

Place visiting
Today we cover Harlingen – Franeker – Makkum (48 km/29 mi. or 58 km/36 mi.)
Today's Highlights

Via Franeker, with the famous planetarium of Eise Eisinga,

you cycle through the beautiful wide Frisian countryside along several rural villages to the small harbor of Makkum on the eastern bank of the lake IJsselmeer.

If you take the long cycling trip, you will also visit Bolsward, one of the Eleven Frisian Cities.

Description

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Day 7 (Fri) Makkum – Stavoren

Place visiting
Today cycle to Makkum – Stavoren | sailing to Enkhuizen (32 km/19 mi. or 49 km/30 mi.)
Today's Highlights

From Makkum you will cycle to Stavoren. The short tour leads you via the old trading town of Hindeloopen.

This local art of painting – a type of traditional decorative painting – is quite famous. Apart from this you’ll find the First Frisian Museum of Ice Skating in Hindeloopen.

The long tour runs along several Frisian lakes and shows you a different type of landscape.

From Stavoren the ship will set sail to cross the IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen in the late afternoon.

Description

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Day 8 (Sat): Enkhuizen

Place visiting
End of your cycling experience in the Netherlands
Today's Highlights

This is the last moment of the Boat and Bike holiday , now you have seen the Netherlands as the local see it evey day

This the only way to enjoy the trip cycle every day on a new destination , While you have a coffee or a lunch or Breakfast the boat bring you to the next city , village , Island or country side experience

Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

Description

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

General Information

Place visiting
Good to know
Today's Highlights

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

  • The daily bike tours are individual, conducted at your own pace and without a tour leader. There are daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and route notes are available. GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • During the days when 2 bicycle options are possible, you can make a choice for the longer or the shorter option.
  • Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

Important observations for the Sail & Bike program: A little bit of adventure is a part of every Sail & Bike tour: the departure and arrival day and the location – Enkhuizen – are a certainty, 100%. For the rest, the planned daily sailing routes are partially dependent on the strength and direction of the winds and – on the Wadden Sea – high and low tide. The skipper decides the best route to be taken day by day, and discusses the options with his guests. The crew does everything in its power to enable the program to run according to plan and to offer you as fascinating, varied and active a week as possible, in which nature and culture play a major part. It is, however, also possible that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the order of the program itself – may be adjusted. Enjoy the ride and let yourself be led by the elements! Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged and anyone who would like to help the crew to sail and steer the boat is welcome to do so. This is of course absolutely up to you and no sailing experience is necessary.

Description

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Our Price Includes and excludes

Place visiting
Good to know
Today's Highlights

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Description

Included in this tour

8 days/7 nights

7 x breakfast

5 x packed lunches & 1 x lunch on board

6 x 3-course dinner on board & 1 x packed dinner

Coffee and tea on board till 4 p.m.

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Daily briefings by the crew

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Wi-Fi

 

Excluded in this tour

Drinks

Coffee and tea on board after 4 p.m.

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental

Helmet rental

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions

Fees for ferries

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

Additional options & information

Place visiting
When you travel light
Description

Rental bicycle: €75 per week Rental E-Bike: €175 per week (only on request, limited number available) You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

Helmets: A helmet can be rented for € 10 per week, only on prior reservation and payment.

Parking Enkhuizen: Parking behind the NS-train station in Enkhuizen is free, but can be very crowded.

Important observations for the Sail & Bike program: A little bit of adventure is a part of every Sail & Bike tour: the departure and arrival day and the location – Enkhuizen – are a certainty, 100%. For the rest, the planned daily sailing routes are partially dependent on the strength and direction of the winds and – on the Wadden Sea – high and low tide. The skipper decides the best route to be taken day by day, and discusses the options with his guests. The crew does everything in its power to enable the program to run according to plan and to offer you as fascinating, varied and active a week as possible, in which nature and culture play a major part. It is, however, also possible that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the order of the program itself – may be adjusted. Enjoy the ride and let yourself be led by the elements! Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged and anyone who would like to help the crew to sail and steer the boat is welcome to do so. This is of course absolutely up to you and no sailing experience is necessary.

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Map of Boat and Bike route

Place visiting
Find your way
Description

For more information please contact our concierge@above-5.com or concierge@above5stars.com or chat with us via our website chat !!!

Ship 1 : Wapen fan Fryslân

Place visiting
This is one of the 3 ships who is sailing on these route
Today's Highlights

SHIP 1 who sail on this route the name of the ship is : Wapen fan Fryslân

With its 55 metres of length, the Wapen fan Fryslân is the largest two-master schooner on the Dutch waterways. In 1965 the sailing ship was launched as a cargo ship, transporting all kinds of freight throughout the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. In 2003 the ship was completely transformed into a sailing passenger ship. On board of this marvellous ship you will immediately notice its warm and luxurious atmosphere. The Wapen fan Fryslân is owned and operated by Erik van Aken and is sailing the Frisian Sea Tour.

Description of the cabins
On the lower deck, the Wapen fan Fryslân has twelve identical twin cabins (8,5 m² – 91 sq.ft.), each with two separate single beds which can be set together and a  folding bed as a third bed which can be used if needed. In each cabin there is a bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation, central heating and two portholes of which one can be opened. Furthermore, you will find a mini safe in each cabin.

Description of the ship
On the lower deck the Wapen van Fryslân offers a large lounge/restaurant with TV, which is characterized by its luxurious appearance and flexible furnishing. From here you can reach the large wheelhouse with a cosy and stylish bar and seating area. The panoramic windows offer a perfect all around view of the water. Wi-Fi is available. The afterdeck has an outdoor cafe with draught beer tap and a Jacuzzi and on the middle deck there are various sitting areas and there is room to enjoy a lovely meal outdoors to watch the scenery while sailing.

Facts about the ship
Length:            55 m (180 ft.)
Width:             7,2 m (24 ft.)
Sail surface:     550 m²- 5920 sq.ft.
Crew:              4
Cabins:            12
Pass.:               24 – 36 (max.)

Description